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Grown and harvested in the foothills of Mount Kenya, this perfect growing environment allows the SL28 and SL34 varietals to flourish and develop into an excellent final product. The lots typically burst with fruit flavours and complex acidity.
Beyond Vava's exceptional coffees, she is the outstanding author behind Coffee Milk Blood. A glimpse of Kenya through a Kenyan lens.
Vava says "We look to portray the images of an African coffee producer, African women and its surroundings in a more dignified, real manner as opposed to that of a pitiful struggling environment. Ours is a place of opportunity and promise for both youth, women and the entrepreneurs who dare to dream and try. We look to trade with the western world in more beneficial and profitable relationships."
You can learn more here: https://www.coffeemilkblood.com/
Kii is brought to us by Vava Coffees, owned by the extraordinary, Vava Angwenyi. We recently caught up with Vava at a cupping in London, sampling an array of exciting and spectacular coffees from this year's harvest. For those who know Vava, you'll know just how incredible she is. Vava's capacity to inspire is boundless. Before the cupping started, Vava reminds us "there's no such thing as a typical Kenyan coffee, just as there's no such thing as a typical Kenyan". The Kii Factory, alongside the Rungeto Farmers Cooperative Society, has been building its strong reputation for quality since 1953, and we strongly believe that some of the best lots of the Kirinyaga region can be found at this factory.
Enjoy a cup of socially conscious coffee courtesy of London-based Old Spike Roastery.
The coffee aficionados behind the brand opened the UK’s first ever speciality roastery operating as a social enterprise. Their social impact revolves around reducing homelessness through a training and employment programme, designed in partnership with fellow coffee social enterprise Change Please.
65% of Old Spike Roastery’s profits go towards this programme. It covers getting to grips with the art of coffee roasting and barista skills as well as supporting trainees with things like mental health, work readiness and accommodation.
What their trainees go on to do next also matters to Old Spike Roastery. Once the eight-week course is over, they match graduates with London Living Wage jobs within the industry.
More than just a feel-good brew, Old Spike Roastery coffees are responsibly sourced and taste amazing. They use high-quality grade green coffee, picked for its freshness and seasonality.
Sourced through principles of direct trade, Old Spike Roastery pays around four to five times more than the Fairtrade minimum for their beans, so you can rest assured producers are getting a fair deal.
The environmental problems that come with an ever-expanding global coffee market – namely farmers having to move onto land rich in biodiversity – are also on the mind of Old Spike Roastery. While they keep their own supply chain as green as possible, they also plant a tree for every bag of coffee as a way to offset some of the industry’s impact.